November 2006 Entries

Thank you Microsoft! :)
Microsoft put on another great show in Charleston today. Thanks Russ Fustino for your presentations while Glen Gordon was away. Charleston did not dissapoint - there was a great turnout and lots of interaction between Russ and the audience. Lots of good questions were raised, so be sure to check out Russ' blog for answers in the future as he makes his way back home. Thank you also to all folks in the Charleston .NET community who showed up to help make this a success! ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 7:46 PM | Comments (1)

Google Mail Quota Exceeded
OK - so this wouldn't normally be the most impressive thing to happen with e-mail, but bear with me for a moment. I sent a message last night to a person and this morning I got a delivery failure notification as shown below: This is an automatically generated Delivery Status NotificationDelivery to the following recipient failed permanently:***SuperGeek's E-mail masked***Technical details of permanent failure: PERM_FAILURE: Mail quota exceeded OK, now on to the geeky part - the account that came ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 6:03 AM | Comments (5)

MSDN Event 5 days from now!
Charleston is gearing up for another MSDN Event with the latest tour coming to the Charles Towne Square Stadium 18 on November 30th. If you're in the Charleston area, sign up here, and after you do that, if you aren't already involved, go check out the Greater Charleston .NET User Group. Glen has since advised me that he's not going to be the presenter this time around, we will be hosting Russ Fustino with some awesome presentations covering Visual Studio for DB professionals (aka Datadude) as well ......

Posted On Saturday, November 25, 2006 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

.NET Compact Framework: Smart Minimize versus Close
This has always been a minor pet peeve of mine with .NET CF and the default Smart Minimize action of a form...sure it's easy enough to override, but the misleading use of an "X" for "minimize" was what always got me. Mike Calligaro on the Widows Mobile Team Blog has posted a pretty exhaustive blog entry regarding the whole deal which is well worth reading. It's called The Emperor Has No Close. Enjoy! ......

Posted On Saturday, November 11, 2006 11:50 AM | Comments (0)

Why is it????

that a global corporation in this day and age has to put up a notice like this:


When I was on a project for a major DoD web site we ran a simple active/active web cluster front end with an active/passive data cluster on the backend and ended up with very little down time...especially due to scheduled maintenance.

I just don't get it - especially from an IT company.

 

Posted On Saturday, November 11, 2006 9:21 AM | Comments (1)

My new Windows Storage Server
Got a new "toy" at the shop the other day...a Dell 2950 configured with Windows Storage Server which at first I had my doubts about because I had just finished a project with a rather large EMC SAN. I have to say I got over my hesitation quickly because it was a breeze to setup and get configured. The only dissapointment is that after all was said and done the box added 660GB of storage to the network. It did come with a SCSI card since we're going to use it as the shared storage for an Active/Passive ......

Posted On Saturday, November 11, 2006 9:10 AM | Comments (0)

ASP.NET MultiView Navigation – extending the View Control
I was working on a small proof-of-concept piece of code today using a somewhat complex assortment of ASP.NET View controls nested inside a MultiView. I was looking for an easy way to navigate amongst them so that a user could go to any one of the Views in any order they wanted to and was frustrated to find that although I could programmatically enumerate through each of them and say, add them to a drop down box, that there was no “Friendly Name” property for the View control and I was stuck using ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 9:36 PM | Comments (0)

Win Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Suite with MSDN® Premium Subscription!.
Check out this latest announcement from Community-Credit.com - as if the stupid prizes weren't enough, now you can win an MSDN Universal Subscription. AnnouncementsYear End Discussion Board Contest If you are the most active, hardcore discussion board contributor for the last two months of the year, you will win a Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Suite with MSDN® Premium Subscription ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 6:57 PM | Comments (0)

Hardware Review - ViewSonic PocketPC v37
ViewSonic PocketPC v37 Pros: The lightest Pocket PC I’ve ever had! Good battery life Vibrant Display Did I mention how light it is? Cons: No built in wireless/Bluetooth Smaller on-board storage than others Review: Well the ViewSonic v37 is not a *new* Pocket PC as far as the market is concerned but I did just recently win mine at the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting, so it’s new to me :) My previous Pocket PC experience has been with iPAQs. I have an old, old one, that I’m sure my daughter ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:45 PM | Comments (0)

Software Review - Everest Corporate Edition
I’m involved in a small project at work where I’m taking an existing web application and SharePoint portal and moving it plus its backend database to new physical servers. Part of that process is setting up the new servers as well as a complete documentation of the current system before we begin the transition. When I first heard the requirements/level of detail the customer wanted in the documentation for this I started thinking “This sucks” because I didn’t want to spend that much time mucking ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:39 PM | Comments (0)

A little code goes a long way...
I was going over some updates to a slide deck I use in presentations – one where I mention the Tip Calculator/Bill Splitter I wrote for the Compact Framework that’s been quite popular on PocketGear.com and I did a little searching and found some interesting things… On February 24th 2006 my little program was the “Pocket PC Freeware Utility of the Day” on About.com and while I thank them for their kind words about my simple app, I was left wondering why I found out only because it was the #9 link ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 8:39 PM | Comments (3)

Proactively stopping internet trash in its tracks
One of my neighbors recently brought her son’s laptop over because it was really sluggish and when she had taken it to a computer/electronics retail chain for servicing (I won’t mention any names) they simply suggested it was an underpowered machine for what it was doing. Was her son doing CAD, hardcore gaming, or computer animation on it for it to be so underpowered? No…he was using mostly Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office to do his homework, research papers, e-mail his friends and surf the ......

Posted On Sunday, November 5, 2006 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

Microsoft’s departure from standard UI - Installing IE 7
When I went to update one of my Virtual PC images last night I was prompted among the “critical updates” to download and install IE7. While I have mixed feelings about IE7 being a “critical update”....well, that’s another post. One of the things I didn’t like about the install process was a departure from the old reliable progress bar UI. Instead of a normal one where you can see the percentage of overall progress visually, they used a continually moving dot across the bar kinda like the OS does ......

Posted On Sunday, November 5, 2006 7:22 PM | Comments (0)

Hardcore Weather Geek? ;)
One of the projects I'm working on now involves remote weather reporting via automated sensors. For our test lab the other day we received a new Davis Weather Station for testing to see if we could integrate those results with the current ASOS feeds we're processing. One of my co-workers couldn't resist getting right to work in testing the feeds...see below: ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 8:52 PM | Comments (0)

Are you addicted to the net?

Take the test - FWIW I scored a 29...does that mean I'm in danger of having my geek license revoked?

http://www.netaddiction.com/resources/internet_addiction_test.htm

 

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 8:33 PM | Comments (0)

Microsoft offers free .NET 3.0 training

Microsoft is offering free .NET 3.0 training on their Microsoft E-Learning web site. Go and get it :)

 

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 6:41 PM | Comments (2)

Community-Credit contest heats up?
Well after squeaking by the last two months in 12th and 13th place on Community-Credit I noticed this month there are "only" 10 prizes so I guess the competition is picking up speed. I have noticed the numbers growing over the past month which is great. And darn my bad luck that this month I've got no Code Camp presentations or User Group presentations to give... If you haven't already looked into it, by all means take a peek at Community-Credit and see what it's all about. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 6:13 PM | Comments (2)

Greater Charleston .NET User Group November Meeting (GC.NUG)
On November 9th the Greater Charleston .NET User Group is hosting my good friend Theo Moore who will be speaking to the group about Unit Testing in Visual Studio Team System. Some of you may remeber Theo from both of the South Carolina Code Camps. Theo also recently won a stupid prize ;) Go Theo! Location of Meetings: Starts at 6PM - Blackbaud, on Daniel's Island, South Carolina. Check out this link to find out how to get there. Directions to the meeting ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 7:16 PM | Comments (0)

Security Permissions in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Why Microsoft?
Had a small issue at the shop today with permissions in TFS – one of the things I still occasionally get spun up about is the different ways it handles security between TFS itself, the SharePoint portal and Reporting Services, I mean why can’t it all go based on Active Directory if it’s deployed in a domain environment or Local Groups if deployed in a Workgroup environment? Or am I just being picky? I know I’ve heard before that when Microsoft was rolling this out there was sufficient enough feedback ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 6:35 PM | Comments (4)

I won another stupid prize!

Whoo Hoo! For the 2nd month running now I've won a stupid prize from the fine folks at Community-Credit.com.

This month was fun too because I apparently lit a fire under Theo and he won a prize as well!

 

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 11:04 AM | Comments (0)